Genome – The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters” is my life changing book. College was a horrible time for me and I hated everything and everyone. I did not fit in, I was not caring about any of my classes, and I could not find a major for the life of me. I felt like the biggest failure at life with no hope for the future. I was able to find a major and eventually get my head out of my ass and graduate.
Medical Technologists usually pick a specific department they like and work in it and learn everything they can about that subject matter. Since I really didn’t care about what I was doing, I didn’t really have a “favorite department”. I graduated in 2002 which was around the start of people obsessing over CSI and DNA stuff. One of my co-workers in the lab told me that they were reading this crazy book about DNA and what each specific chromosome “means”. After looking at her like a deer caught in headlights, I decided to buy the book. I could not put it down. I finished it in 2 days.
Something clicked after I read this book because I actually wanted to learn about what I was doing and why I was doing it. I started reading the laboratory procedures and reading all my school books again so I could become the best tech I could be in the hardest departments possible. I gained confidence and experience in my field because I wanted to understand every aspect of DNA and how we all related to one another.
This book is so well written and easy to understand. It just makes this extremely complex subject matter a simple, light, novel about life. I read the book again in 2010 and I decided to change my life again. I went back to school for my master’s degrees and to focus on another aspect of my field – Molecular Biology and research. I owe all of my knowledge and experience to this book. I consider it an incredible feat for a book to actually motivate me to focus on anything for more than a minute.